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International Student Orientation is hosted jointly by the International House and International Student and Scholar Services to help you transition to the University of Tennessee and Knoxville community. There are required and optional programs for International Student Orientation but we suggest attending as many events as possible.

COVID-19 Orientation Updates

We are currently planning for three possible scenarios for Fall 2020 orientation: a completely in-person experience, a hybrid experience that would include some in-person options and some virtual options, and a completely virtual experience. We plan to have orientation events from August 10, 2020 through August 23,2020. As the university updates us on what the new normal will look like for Fall 2020 we will make a final determination which option will be the best. International students who are currently outside of the United States might be asked to do a 14 day self-isolation period upon arrival. We recommend that you plan to arrive early enough to complete this self-isolation before your first required event.

Required Orientation Events

All international students are required to attend an International Student Check-In Session. Please sign up for an ISSS orientation session.

In additional to this required event the International House plans a variety of events, trips, presentations, and airport pickups designed to help new international students settle into their new home in Knoxville, TN. Students are encouraged to participate in these educational and cultural programs that take place over a period of days, prior to the beginning of classes. Events include tours of the campus and library, shopping/grocery trips, and information sessions.

Undergraduate international students are also required to attend the New Vols Experience orientation planned by New Student Orientation Office. Find more information and register for a New Vols session.